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Old 03-21-2012, 07:06 PM   post #16 of 32
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You need to take your Suburban further apart. There are not Timken roller bearings under the nut only a brass bushing. At least that is the way my 1969 SS12 is made and what it shows in the Suburban owners manual. The only way it could have had Timkens is if a previous owner made his own spindles. Roger
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:10 PM   post #17 of 32
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Oh - in that case, I stand corrected. I saw the lock nut and didn't go any further. My bad!

The Simplicity I had did use tapered roller bearings, that's another reason I suspected it.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:22 AM   post #18 of 32
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So do my old JDs have tapered bearings. That is why they cost more than a Sears. Roger
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:23 AM   post #19 of 32
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I had a problem finding the 4.00x8 tubeless tires for my agrifab sprayer. They are basically wheelbarrow tires. I ended up buying 2 tires and wheels from Northern tool that had a 5/8 bearing, and knocked out the 5/8 bearing and put my old 3/4 bearing into the new wheels,and it worked like a charm! I ended up with 2 new wheels and new tube tires for about $50.00. You might consider doing the same. Thanks, Gman
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:56 PM   post #20 of 32
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OK, I measured a Suburban front wheel today and the space between the inner and outer hub surfaces was 3", where I need something that is 4-1/2".

Yes, I guess I could make a spacer or two, but I was hoping for the easy way out. Plus, I still need to find a set of wide wheels.

The search goes on.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:16 AM   post #21 of 32
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I think you are going to want the spacer in order to get the tire/wheel out far enough so it doesn't rub on the trailers box. Roger
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While I was fetching the tractor and tiller today, Timmymacnj connected with a guy I had missed and picked up some tires on wheels for me today. Unfortunately, they do not have bearing hubs. One pair, however, looks like it is off of a RER and has a 3-bolt circle. I might consider making my own hubs with bushings or perhaps even ball bearings that will slide onto the existing axle and allow me to bolt the tires on.

Shouldn't be too bad - a length of 1-1/2" CRS, faced off and bored large enough to accept a pair of flanged bronze bushings with 3/4" ID and with a grease Zerk for lubrication. Weld onto that a piece of 1/2" plate that has been bored to lightly press over the OD of the hub and with a set of holes tapped for lug bolts, spaced 120 apart and at the proper bolt circle to match the rims.

Hardest part will probably be rounding up all the material and getting the plate welded on without too much of a wobble.
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:05 PM   post #23 of 32
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O0-v-00 take one of the wheel / tires with you to TSC and see if you can find one that will work. They have all sorts of replacement wheels, tires, etc.
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They have the skinny ones like I already have, but not the wider ones.

Rounded up almost all the stuff I need to make my own hubs. I'll probably go that route.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:17 PM   post #25 of 32
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Nice find! A scrap yard would be a great place to look. If it were me, I would put tubes in them.
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Well, I did some more eyeballing with a tape measure tonight and I think I'm going to run into clearance issues. The skinny rounded profile wheelbarrow tires fit OK, but the 16x6.50-8 tires on rims I planned on using seem to be a bit bigger and of course more square-shouldered. They would fit, but it would end up with the tires sticking out quite a ways on the sides. Not good for maneuvering and not good for the axle to have the weight so far out away from the supports.

I suppose I could lift the axle some, but that also means modifying the dump latch since it mounts to the tongue and the tongue slips over the axle.

Because I want to use this trailer sooner rather than later, I guess I'll just look for some skinny tires, probably a set of 4.80x8 utility trailer tires. Anything is going to be better than those wheelbarrow tires.

I can always use the tires I was going to put on the cart on the front of the Suburban. I got 2 sets - one is a stud tread and the other is a turf tire with very broad chevrons.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:25 PM   post #27 of 32
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Well, don't laugh. It was all I had handy in that size! At least I can use the cart now until I find something better.

It looks like it has off-road capabilities now!
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One wild idea I have had was to remove the tracks from a broken track drive snowblower and mount them under a garden cart. It might make it a little harder to turn though.
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Miller Tire has new wheels for 16x6.50-8 tires.

See http://www.millertire.com/products/l...b-3-4-bearing/

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